These are summary texts I wrote for my 8th Grade U.S. History class. They were written specifically to obviate the need for lectures, and to help teach my students about annotation. While they do not replace more detailed texts, they hit all of the most essential points on any set of history standards, and thus can be useful to introduce, review or quickly cover a time period or historical concept. You will not be missing any major historical moments or concepts if you use these texts alone. I have even used them in an AP US History class to review the most essential beats of a given time frame.
This particular set focuses on the establishment of colonies in the New World (from the voyages of Columbus through the English North American colonies).